Remember that show on MTV, Pimp My Ride? If you were a huge fan of that show, and have always dreamt of pimping your car, then it’s a no-brainer for you to take your car to West Coast Customs, the aftermarket tuner that was made famous by the MTV series.
Some of the tuner’s latest projects would be the BMW i8 and BMW i3, and they have configured both models to let them stand out on the road. What makes these two examples steal the spotlight from the regular i3 or the i8 would be the livery. They’re wrapped in a 3M Satin Flip Glacial Frost wrap with Llumar tint. The colour is so eye-catching that it helps to highlight the set of chrome Lexani Wheels, that is bright enough to make the hybrid BMWs look like they have traveled from space or a sci-fi production set at least.
Apart for the chrome wheels and its livery, both cars’ kidney grilles and badges feature some small chrome accents. The only difference is that the i3 was given a special one-off front lip spoiler.
West Coast Customs (WCC) is an automobile repair shop that also does customization of vehicles. It was first established in 1994 by two men Ryan Freidlinghaus and Quinton Dodson in California, hence the name. It was Freidlinghaus who started the business when he got a $5,000 loan from his grandfather. Though there are some contradicting sources who say that he had earned this money when he was working in his father’s liquor store.
Years later, West Coast Customs gained more followers after it had made appearances in the reality TV shows Pimp My Ride and Street Customs. Also, thanks to the support of celebrities like Shaquille O’Neal and Sean Combs, the company has gained a high-degree of notoriety and is now a multimillion-dollar company.
Aside from working with celebrities and some television exposure, the company is also known for creating vehicles for global brands including Nintendo, Microsoft and Virgin. Today, it is known as one of the best aftermarket tuners in the United States.
Furthermore, the company has had some success when it comes to franchising outside of its home land, in countries like China, Dubai and United Arab Emirates. It was only the franchise in Germany that did not turn out quite well for them. Its current headquarters can be found in its flagship store as well as their largest facility in Burbank, California.
Having said all that, let’s get back to the main news -- that is, the bright and shiny BMW i8 and BMW i3. It’s easy to understand why WCC was dubbed the best in the United States, just take one look at the i Series duo.